Welcome, writers and editors, to another Grammar Time. Today we’ll be talking about the differences between “as such” and “therefore” and how to use them appropriately. Although similar, these terms are not interchangeable. Hopefully, this is a nice refresher so you can use them correctly and smoothly.
Using “As Such”
Many grammarians and usage resources consider “as such” as a way to answer the question “as what?” When you use “as such,” it should refer to a nearby subject. No matter where you put “as such,” this connection should be clear. Let’s look at an example.
“A dentist is an expert in oral health. As such, they can address any tooth problems you have.”
“As such” means “as an expert in oral health…” and is a less repetitive way to connect these two sentences.
“Therefore” is an adverb and we use it to show we’re about to take the next leap in logic and make a point. This word is ideal for connecting a flow of ideas. One easy way to remember is that “therefore” means “for that reason.” Here is an example:
“Broken pipes can lead to mold growth. Therefore, you shouldn’t wait to call a plumber.”
“Therefore” could be replaced with “for that reason” to show that there’s a specific reason why the reader should contact a plumber right away.
If you mix up these two, you’re not alone—it’s a common mistake. WritersDomain considers this as a web writing issue, especially when it’s a prevalent issue.